UBC Commission on Enviroment (UBC EnvCom) is one of the 13 commissions of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC). (UBC) is a voluntary, proactive network of cities mobilizing the shared potential of over 100 member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.
UBC consists of member cities from the 10 Baltic Sea Region countries (Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland). The UBC was founded in Gdansk 1991, and is legally registered in Poland as an association of cities. According to UBC Statutes, the purpose of the Union is to contribute to balanced democratic, social, economic and environmental development in the Baltic Sea Region.
The overall aims of the Union of the Baltic Cities are:
- to promote and strengthen co-operation and exchange of experience among the cities in the Baltic Sea Region;
- to advocate for common interests of the local authorities in the region, and
- to act on behalf of the cities and local authorities in common matters towards regional, national, European and international bodies, as well as achieving sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region with full respect to European principles of local and regional self-governance and subsidiarity.
The highest authority within the Union is the General Conference, which is organized every second year. Between the general conferences, the highest decision-making body is the Executive Board (one city from every BSR country), lead by the Presidium (President and three Vice-Presidents). The Secretary General and the UBC secretariat are located in Gdansk, Poland. The actual work of the UBC is carried out by thirteen working commissions, each founded by the General Conference and reporting of their activity to the Executive Board and General Conference.
The UBC Commission on Environment is responsible for the Union’s work on environmental and urban sustainability, co-operation and functions as the co-ordination secretariat of the entire UBC Sustainability Action Programme. The UBC Commission on Environment follows the regulations and recommendations stated by the UBC Executive Board. The work of the commission is lead by two co-chairs. The Commission on Environment has a Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat consisting of over 10 employees staff.
The UBC Commission on Environment, Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat is located in Turku, Finland and hosted by the City of Turku. It is therefore administratively in a legal term a part of the City of Turku and follows the internal regulations and working arrangements of City of Turku. This procedure follows the regulations and recommendations of UBC Commission secretariats stated by UBC executive board.